ABSA Cape epic 2019

Simon Brändli and I will start in the UCI Pro Team Category at this year's Cape Epic!

The Cape Epic is the biggest, best known and probably toughest mtb stage race in the world. It takes place every year in march in the region of Cape Town, Western Cape in South Africa. This year's edition has the biggest amount of climbing per kilometer to be tackled in the history of the Cape Epic! In total we have to conquer 624km and 16650m of climbing.

To follow the Cape Epic live you can download the Epic Series App! Here is the link for Android and for Apple devices. In the app you find GPS livetracking, intermediate times, the latest news and a livestream too! 

You can also follow the race online, there are daily live streams on Youtube or Facebook! More information about how to follow the race from abroad here.

The start gun for our team #suimtbo racing goes off on Sunday, 17. März 2019 at 11:30:40!

You will find many personal updates from us on our instagram feeds! If the time and energy allows, I'll post some updates here on the website too.

Throwback to the training of 2018

World Cup Finals in Portugal

The final world cup round of 2018 took place in Odemira, Portugal. In the beginning of the week I started my studies (electronic engineering), but already in the first week I had to skip classes. I have to get used to make up missed work, because I will have to skip some more classes because of my sportive activities.


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Swiss Epic report

Thanks to Zermatt-Tourism we were able to start for free at the Perskindol Swiss-Epic 2018. The marathon multi stage race over 322km and 12500m of climbing was very tough. Nevertheless we really enjoyed the beautiful scenery in the alps and the magnificent mtb trails! 

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One medal of each color at this year's Junior World Champs!

By Rainer Burmann
By Rainer Burmann

My final JWMTBOC was a huge success! I became World Champion Middle Distance, won the silver medal in the Massstart and we got a bronze medal in the relay with the swiss junior team! It was an amazing week in Austria!

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Junior European Championships Budapest, Hungary

When everything, which possibly could go wrong, goes wrong...

This year's European Champs went absolutely not in my favour. Luckily we achieved a really satisfying result in the elite mixed relay!

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Travel report from Australia

The year 2018 started in summer for me. Read my report of almost 3 months with heaps of riding, hiking, exploring nature and sights and meeting a lot of friendly people!

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The Season 2018 starts soon, so here's a small preview of race schedule this year:

  • 7.-10. April: Training camp in Besançon, France
  • 28. April: Swiss Championships in Massstart in Solothurn
  • 26.-27. May: French Champs Sprint & Long in Alsace, France
  • 26. June - 1. July: European Championships in Budapest, Hungary
  • 4.-12. August: World Championships in Zwettl, Austria
  • 16. September: Swiss Championships Middle, Bern
  • (19.-23. September: World Cup in Odemira, Portugal)
  • 20.-21. October: Swiss Championships Sprint & Long, Region Zurich

Junior World Championships in Vilnius, Lithuania

My second last Junior World Championships went pretty different than I imagined. Thanks to my Silvermedal in the Long I can return home at least partly satisfied. I also gained many experiences, on which I can build for the next season!

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Junior European Championships in Orléans, France

I had a very nice time at the Junior European Champs 2017! I headed back home with an European Champion title, a bronze medal and my first Diploma in the elite category, so I'm really satisfied with my performance this week!

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French Championships in Belfort

One week after the World Cup and in the middle of many final exams I headed, together with the Swiss team, to Belfort to compete in the French Champs in Middle and Long. The two races took part in wonderful terrain and had challenging courses!

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Worldcup in Zwettl, Austria

Although I'm only 19 years old, I already took part in my second Elite World Cup Round. Read my race report about gained experiences, a good rank a missed opportunity for my first Top20-rank in the Elite!

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Trainingcamp in Vilnius, Lithuania

The Swiss national MTBO team traveled to Vilnius, the Capital of Lithuania, to prepare us as good as possible for the upcoming World Championships this summer.

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Easter Weekend recap: Annecy, France

On the easter weekend there were some MTBO-Competitions in Annecy, France. There were a relay, two sprints and a long distance on the schedule. The plan was to do some fast races in this beautiful terrain. Everything changed already in the first competition...

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The Season 2017 starts soon, so here's a small outlook on the most important competitions this year:

  • 29. April: - 7. May: training camp in Vilnius (Lithuania)
  • 2. - 5. June: World-Cup #1 in Zwettl (Austria)
  • 1. July: Swiss Championship Longdistance in Dachsen
  • 29. July - 5. August: European Championships in Orléans (France)
  • 19. - 26. August: World Championships in Vilnius (Lithuania)
  • 17. September: Swiss Championship Middledistance in Lenzburg

Season review 2016

Saisonrückblick 2016.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Dokument 1.2 MB

Like every year I look back on my races this season and summarize my year 2016. This review is only available in German.

Junior-Worldchampion Sprint 2016!

More informations about MTBO in Switzerland and international: